Transient Wentzville man charged with murdering Metro East attorney Randy Gori

28-year old Timothy Michael Banowetz is charged with first-degree murder.

Kevin Killeen
January 07, 2020 - 5:33 am
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — A Missouri man is charged in the weekend murder of well known Edwardsville, Illinois attorney Randy Gori.  

28-year old Timothy Michael Banowetz is charged with first-degree murder.  

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County prosecutor says Gori acted heroically to save the lives of his two minor children, who were tied up in the house that night.  

"The victim's actions, in this case, most likely saved the lives of others in the household at the of the incident," stated Major Case Squad commander Captain David Vusich. "I think Randy (Gori) is a hero in this case."

Vusich says the murder scene in rural Edwardsville is one of the worst he's ever witnessed.

A public visitation for Gori has been set for Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville. 

The suspect is described as a "nomadic, transient," whose last known address was in Wentzville, Missouri.  

It's not clear how the suspect chose the victim, but police say the crime was planned out ahead of time. 

Banowetz is an undergraduate student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, according to a press release from the local college. 

"At this time, we are communicating and fully cooperating with the St. Louis Major Case Squad in their investigation of this incident. While we have been taken aback by this development, our thoughts are with Randy Gori’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. As more information becomes available, we will continue to keep the campus community updated," stated a release from the school.

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